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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Harris County

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 10:10

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Harris County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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Homeowners and Owners of Second Homes Have Every Reason to Buy Flood Insurance

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 20:06

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After five years of drought, many owners of homes and second homes in California may shrug off the suggestion of buying flood insurance. El Niño and the recent wildfires may change the minds of many.

In California, El Niño means extremely heavy rainfall that could lead to devastating flooding, especially in areas affected by prolonged drought and recent wildfires.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Hays County

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 09:54

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Hays County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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The Time to Buy Is While It’s Dry: FEMA Urges Public to Get Flood Insurance

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 17:47

DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges people to buy flood insurance now – before the next flood hits.

Flooding is the nation’s number one natural disaster, a fact people in this part of the United States know all too well. Yet statistics indicate most people ignore the risks associated with flooding and do not buy flood insurance.

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FEMA Helpline Can Answer Many Questions for Flood Survivors

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 14:25

COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina residents affected by Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding can get information and answers to questions by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s helpline.

Residents can call the helpline at 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Survivors who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. They can also visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

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Texas Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Disaster Assistance

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 19:03

AUSTIN, Texas – When disasters such as the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding strike, farmers and ranchers may be eligible for assistance from several agencies and should apply today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including:

  • Grants to pay for temporary housing and minor home repairs,

  • Grants to replace personal property, including clothing,

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in St. Matthews

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 16:21

COLUMBIA, S.C. - One disaster recovery center will close Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.:

  • John Ford Community Center at 304 Agnes St. in St. Matthews

Applicants in St. Matthews may still visit other recovery centers to ask disaster assistance questions. They can locate their closest center by visiting asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

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Recertify to Remain Eligible for Rental Help from FEMA

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 14:55

Stay in informed on California’s wildfire recovery by visiting: caloes.ca.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4240.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Survivors of the Butte and Valley fires who are receiving rental assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and whose home repairs are taking longer than expected should notify the agency of their continuing need.

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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Charleston, Conway, Lexington, West Ashley and West Columbia

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 06:15

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As South Carolinians rebuild and repair after the recent historic floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.                                             

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared towards do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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Federal Low-Interest Disaster Loans Offered to Texas Storm Survivors

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 18:03

AUSTIN, Texas – Most Texans who have registered for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following the October severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding, will receive an automated phone call from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

FEMA grants may not cover all damage or property loss. Private insurance and low-interest loans from the SBA are major sources of additional funding for disaster recovery.

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Centers Close in Little River, Summerville and Walterboro

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 17:02

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three disaster recovery centers will close Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.:

  • North Strand Park and Recreation Center at 120 Highway 57 South in Little River

  • Seacoast Church at 301 E. 5th North St. in Summerville

  • Colleton County Recreation Center at 280 Recreation Lane in Walterboro

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Multiagency Team Working to Reduce Erosion and Flooding Threat in Eastern Washington

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 16:52

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Washington’s devastating 2014 and 2015 wildfire seasons put vast areas of the state at risk of erosion and flooding, posing additional dangers to residents and communities.  Today, a collaborative effort among all levels of government is finding ways to reduce that risk.

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Bishopville

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 16:09

COLUMBIA, S.C. - One disaster recovery center will close Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.:

  • Recreation Center at 397 Chappell Drive in Bishopville

Applicants in Bishopville may still visit other recovery centers to ask disaster assistance questions. They can locate their closest center by visiting asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

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Cameron County Joins Texas Disaster Declaration

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:02

AUSTIN, Texas – At the request of the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Cameron County to the Texas disaster declaration of Nov. 25. The counties now designated for Individual Assistance include Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson Counties.

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Holly Hill Disaster Recovery Center Transitions to Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 18:33

COLUMBIA, S.C.  – The Holly Hill disaster recovery center will transition to a disaster loan outreach center beginning Monday, Dec. 14 to accommodate the needs of South Carolina flood survivors.

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to meet with homeowners, renters and business owners who had disaster-related damage to answer questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, help them complete their applications and close approved disaster loans.

The center is located at:

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Contact FEMA if Insurance for Living Expenses Expires

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 18:18

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Disaster survivors whose insurance provided Additional Living Expenses (ALE) that are expiring are encouraged to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency if they registered with the agency and still have a temporary housing need.

This temporary housing assistance is available to eligible FEMA applicants who lost or sustained damage to their homes due to the wildfires in Calaveras and Lake counties from Sept. 9 through Oct. 30, 2015.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Hidalgo, Willacy Counties for Texans

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 10:28

AUSTIN, Texas – State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now open in Hidalgo and Willacy Counties for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

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Applicants Who Want Continued Rental Assistance Must Make Request

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 12:28

COLUMBIA, S.C. –South Carolina flood survivors who have a continued need for temporary housing assistance must complete and submit paperwork that demonstrates a disaster-related and financial need.

Applicants need to submit several documents each time they want to ask FEMA for continued temporary housing assistance including:

  • A completed form that came with the continued temporary housing assistance letter

  • A copy of their lease

  • Receipts showing proper use of previous rental assistance

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Navarro County for Texans

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 10:21

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Navarro County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Central Texas

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 10:17

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now open in Bastrop and Travis Counties for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

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